Florham Park, NJ- For many players around the league today is the day their dreams end or are at least put on hold as they wait for another team to maybe pick them up. Even many of the players who think they are safe after surviving the first round of cuts at 9 p.m., will not actually be safe as they could still be cut after waiver wire claims are awarded. The Jets have a lot of needs that can’t be addressed by players currently on the roster so they will be busy putting in waiver claims and a few players will celebrate making it past the first round of cuts only to find themselves unemployed in a day or two.
With the Jets needing to trim the roster down to just 53 spots by 9 p.m. they have already begun the process and have already worked their way down to 60 players. So far the Jets have waived, WR Joseph Collins, LB Marcus Dowtin, T Robert Griffin, G Fredrick Koloto, C Matt Kroul, P Spencer Lanning, DB LeQuan Lewis, TE Tarren Lloyd, S D’Anton Lynn, DB Julian Posey, DE Jay Richardson, WR Eron Riley, LB Brett Roy, NT Martin Tevaseu and QB Matt Simms.
No real surprises so far. Richardson had a really good camp and many fans were hoping to retain his services but he isn’t eligible for the practice squad and wouldn’t see any playing time unless of worst case scenario and the Jets have too many other needs to not use the roster spot elsewhere. Dowtin has a lot of talent and potential and would seem to be a good candidate for the practice squad. Linebacker is the Jets deepest position but the group of backups consisting of Garrett McIntyre, Nick Bellore and Josh Mauga are all identical players. McIntyre is the best of that bunch, but Dowtin would offer the Jets some versatility they lack among the backup linebackers.
In somewhat of a surprise it seems John Conner is still safe for now, but that’s probably because they don’t have any other real options at fullback. Terrance Ganaway and Nick Bellore can get some preseason work in at fullback, but neither of them can handle that role during the season at this point. Still to say Conner is safe would be foolish, if the Jets can find even just one serviceable fullback on waivers then Conner’s time here will likely be done.
Check back later as this page will be updated as the news of the final transactions and cuts are made.
UPDATE: The final seven cuts were; T Paul Cornick, DB Donnie Fletcher, RB Terrance Ganaway, WR Royce Pollard, LB Ricky Sapp, TE Hayden Smith & WR Jordan White.
These players will reportedly be headed to the practice squad if they clear waivers; Marcus Dowtin, Fletcher, Ganaway, Smith & White.
Teams can start placing claims for players released from other teams at noon tomorrow, starting Mike Tannenbaum’s, “mini-draft.”